Power Hour

We in the cultural sector enjoy a good diatribe about soft power. That is, patrimony’s uncanny ability to attract rather than coerce affections and followings. It’s become a sort of catchphrase employed when attempting to justify the sway of the arts to more skeptical others; just how massively music, imagery, literature, cinema, sports, cuisine et al. have shaped, and continue…

Art 101, Part One

Art has a familiar way of excusing itself from conversation with the untrained eye to speak straight to the soul. Feelings stirred up by masterpieces can be much more poignant than facts known about them. Though, as many a connoisseur might agree, a bit of expertise can enhance aesthetic enjoyment a great deal. Hard to believe, but…

All in Jest

Being sharp of wit and quick with a joke will serve one well in life; humour is a triple-edged sword of sorts that can stopper shut the flapping mouths of foes, win others to your ways of thinking and praise or deride with a slash. A hearty supply of laughter will also keep you well-fortified during…